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Health Sciences profile

Dr Silke Kuehl

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (Wellington)
QualificationsPhD, MA (Clinical), RN, PsyMHNurs
Research summarySuicide and self-harm, mental health care in emergency departments, co-response team, family violence
ClinicalImprove mental health care in emergency departments in order to meet the needs of tangata whaiora and their whānau.


Silke is a nurse researcher who is passionate about improving mental health services. She is an Affiliate with the Department of Psychological Medicine and is currently involved in family violence research. Silke was part of the evaluation on the Wellington Co-Response Team and has been investigating mental health-related emergency department presentations. Her PhD (‘exceptional thesis’) explored Mixed Presenters, people who presented to emergency departments for self-harm and for other reasons.

With a background of approximately 20 years of emergency and mental health nursing, Silke currently works part-time as a Health Improvement Practitioner for the National Hauora Coalition in Whanganui.


Kuehl, S., Kim, A. H. M., & Every-Palmer, S. (2023). 'An accident waiting to happen': Experiences of police officers, paramedics, and mental health clinicians involved in 911-mental health crises: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12916

Werkmeister, C., Cunningham, R., Freeland, A., Stanley, J., Every-Palmer, S., & Kuehl, S. (2022). Missed presentations, missed opportunities: A cross-sectional study of mental health presentation undercounting in the emergency department. Emergency Medicine Australasia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.14114

Every-Palmer, S., Kim, A. H. M., Cloutman, L., & Kuehl, S. (2022). Police, ambulance and psychiatric co-response versus usual care for mental health and suicide emergency callouts: A quasi-experimental study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00048674221109131

Kuehl, S., Stanley, J., Nelson, K., & Collings, S. (2021). The serious self-harm risk of “Mixed Presenters,” people who presented to New Zealand emergency departments for self-harm and other reasons: A cohort study. Archives of Suicide Research, 25(3), 475-490. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2020.1715904

Kuehl, S., Nelson, K., & Collings, S. (2012). Back so soon: Rapid re-presentations to the emergency department following intentional self-harm. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1367). Retrieved from